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Mark C. Thompson

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My Inauguration Day Emergency Turned Opportunity

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 2:49 PM

This past Monday, Inauguration Day, I arrived at the White House for a breakfast with President Obama and twelve Silicon Valley leaders. 

While seated at a table with these moguls in the West Wing, I had a sudden personal emergency: too much coffee.  I'd flown out from San Francisco on a redeye and...

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Stephen Covey Told Us You Can Have it All, But Not All at Once

(3) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 11:24 AM

I sat with Stephen Covey in his backyard one warm afternoon two summers ago. It was a rare moment to see him because he was still globe-trotting in his late 70s, and kept an outrageous schedule. He invited Bonita Thompson and I to his serene, French Provincial-style home...

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Two Ways to Give Back This Memorial Day

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2012 | 3:59 PM

During a sea battle in the Pacific during WWII, my Dad was blown down on a full deck when a cannon backfired on the USS West Point. He had enlisted in the Navy to serve as a medic, and hit the bloody beaches in every battle without a firearm. He was shot...

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Richard Branson's Inspiring Panel of Entrepreneurs to Help Him Select Best Ideas for Screwing Business as Usual

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2012 | 6:01 PM

Sir Richard Branson has selected six entrepreneurship expert judges for the Virgin Global SBAU Entrepreneurship Competition and I am proud to be counted among them.

The panel of judges also includes Jane Tewson (Igniting Change), Creel Price (Co-founder of Blueprint Management Group), Peter Boyd (COO, Carbon...

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A Recollection Of Visionary Leader Steve Jobs

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2011 | 3:37 PM

My first memory of Steve Jobs is from high school, when he was a senior and I was a freshman. I went to Prospect High but showed up weekly at Homestead High School, where Steve went, because my mom was the principal's secretary and I'd work in the office after...

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